If you only looked at the 2017 Open final standings, you might think it was a boring final round that was predictable after round 3. After all, Jordan had a 3 shot lead over Matt Kuchar and they both shot a decent 69. There were no great scores from the group behind them and Jordan ends up winning by three. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jordan bogied 3 of his first 4 holes. He got a couple bad breaks, he missed a couple putts, turned in three over par and his lead was gone. On 13, he hit his drive about 75 yards to the right and he was lucky to find the golf ball. After a long discussion on where to take an unplayable, he found himself on the driving range for his third shot which he hit short of the green. He got up-and-down for a great bogey but Kuchar parred the hole and now Spieth was one shot back.
If you have peeked at his scorecard below, you know that is when the magic began. He almost holed out his tee shot on the 14th and made a birdie. He holed a 30ft putt for eagle on 15 and then a 25ft birdie putt on hole 16. He hit a beautiful pitch on 17 and made a 7 footer for birdie. He played those 4 holes in 5 under par with 4 putts. Kuchar played those four holes in 2 under and didn’t know what hit him. A routine par on hole 18 and Spieth had won the Open. This was his third major in his young career and he continues to show the “IT” ability to make incredible shots at important moments. Few golfers have shown this kind of success this early in their career (Nicklaus, Woods) and we are possibly in the early stages of another historical golfing career. Enjoy the show.
Nobody from the chasing pack had an impact on the final day. Rory McIIRoy ended up tied for 4th at -5 with a final round 67. I know there are a lot of “would of, could of, should of” situations in every golf tournament, but he started the tournament at 5 over par after 5 holes. He played the rest of the tournament at -10.
Henrik Stenson made a fine defense of his championship with a tie for 11th.
Previous Open champion Zach Johnson played well with a 14th place finish.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka tied for 6th and appears ready to contend in more Majors.